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Brandon attorney suspended after failing to respond to official bar inquiry

Karen Kidd Aug. 20, 2017, 4:00pm

Brandon attorney Richard Luther Bradford has been suspended until further order following a May 31 Florida Supreme Court ruling after he was found in contempt for noncompliance when he allegedly failed to respond to an official Florida State Bar inquiry, according to a recent state bar report.

State bar alleges disbarred Sarasota attorney owes $95,000 to two clients

Karen Kidd Aug. 20, 2017, 8:00am

Sarasota attorney William Robert Cohen has been disbarred following a June 22 Florida Supreme Court order over disciplinary matters pending against him, alleging trust fund shortages and commingling of funds, according to a recent Florida State Bar report.

St. Petersburg attorney publicly reprimanded following DUI plea

Karen Kidd Aug. 19, 2017, 4:00pm

St. Petersburg attorney Philip Andrew McCormick has received a public reprimand following a June 15 Florida Supreme Court judgment after McCormick entered a plea on a DUI charge, according to a recent Florida State Bar report.

Philadelphia attorney, suspended four times in two states in 20 years, disbarred in Florida

Karen Kidd Aug. 18, 2017, 2:17pm

Philadelphia attorney Robert Philip Tuerk, practicing in Florida for about five years, has been disbarred following a July 20 Florida Supreme Court order after violating the terms of an August 2016 order, according to a recent Florida State Bar report.

Miami attorney suspended following allegations of misappropriation

Karen Kidd Aug. 7, 2017, 3:26pm

Miami attorney Angela Marie Abell has been suspended following a July 13 Florida Supreme Court order finding her in contempt of a previous order amid a Florida state bar investigation into her handling settlement awards of children severely injured in an auto accident.

Miami's Civilian Investigative Panel loses power to subpoena officers after Florida Supreme Court decision

Kacie Whaley Jul. 27, 2017, 10:03pm

Following the Florida Supreme Court's June 22 decision that Miami’s Civilian Investigative Panel (CIP) cannot subpoena an officer who is under investigation, the CIP contends this decision will not affect the organization.

Tampa attorney suspended 3 years following federal conviction regarding marijuana money

Karen Kidd Jul. 21, 2017, 8:00am

Tampa attorney Joe Manuel Gonzalez has been suspended for three years following a May 4 Florida Supreme Court order after his 2016 guilty plea to a felony for structuring financial transactions to avoid currency requirements in a marijuana case.

Lauderdale Lakes attorney suspended over mishandling funds in marital dissolution case

Karen Kidd Jul. 20, 2017, 8:00am

Lauderdale Lakes attorney Phillip J. Brutus has been suspended for one year, followed by two years' probation, following a May 4 opinion by the Florida Supreme Court for improperly disbursing in a divorce proceeding.

New York attorney suspended in Florida over misappropriating client funds, complaints

Karen Kidd Jul. 19, 2017, 3:29pm

TALLAHASSEE — Port Jefferson Station, New York, attorney Brian Christopher Morris has been suspended following a May 5 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations he misappropriated client funds and numerous complaints received by the Florida Bar.

Coral Gables attorney suspended twice in two months for failing to cooperate with state bar inquiries

Karen Kidd Jul. 19, 2017, 8:00am

Coral Gables attorney Aura Olivas, who is facing allegations she'd misappropriated more than $300,000, has been suspended until further order following a May 3 Florida Supreme Court order for not cooperating in a state bar investigation.

Clermont attorney suspended over alleged financial irregularities involving elderly clients

Karen Kidd Jul. 18, 2017, 6:00pm

Clermont attorney Dennis L. Horton has been suspended until further order following a May 3 Florida Supreme Court order for allegations of financial irregularities involving elderly clients and using trust funds to cover operating account overdrafts.

Ponte Vedra Beach attorney suspended for not cooperating with inquiry into trust account

Karen Kidd Jul. 18, 2017, 3:42pm

TALLAHASSEE — Ponte Vedra Beach attorney Neil Wayne Platock has been suspended for three years following a June 15 Florida Supreme Court order for failing to cooperate in a Florida Bar inquiry into alleged irregularities in a trust account.

Fort Lauderdale attorney allegedly didn't know he was suspended while practicing

Karen Kidd Jul. 18, 2017, 3:32pm

TALLAHASSEE — Fort Lauderdale attorney Peter G. Stamas has been suspended for two years following a May 4 Florida Supreme Court order for practicing law while he was suspended when he allegedly didn't know he was suspended.

Panama City attorney reprimanded after disclosing relationship with client

Karen Kidd Jul. 18, 2017, 3:17pm

TALLAHASSEE — Panama City attorney Carl Wesley Pittman, who had been in practice for more than 40 years, has been publicly reprimanded following a May 4 Florida Supreme Court order over a sexual relationship between with a client.

Orlando attorney disbarred for overdrafting more than $58,000 from trust account

Karen Kidd Jul. 18, 2017, 12:21pm

Orlando attorney Paul R. Linder has been disbarred following an April 20 Florida Supreme Court order regarding allegations he overdrafted more than $58,000 from a client trust account.

Florida Supreme Court finds cap on medical negligence award unconstitutional

Kacie Whaley Jul. 17, 2017, 4:29pm

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court affirmed the 4th District Court of Appeal's decision to deem a statute unconstitutional that would cap noneconomic damages in a personal injury case.

Miami attorney disbarred over alleged fraudulent conduct in foreclosure case

Karen Kidd Jul. 10, 2017, 2:11pm

Miami attorney Paul Bradford Woods has disbarred following a March 30 Florida Supreme Court order regarding allegations he acted as an escrow agent in which a party was defrauded and for allegedly fraudulent conduct during civil proceedings in a foreclosure case.

Fleming Island attorney reprimanded for commingling payroll taxes into operating account

Karen Kidd Jul. 10, 2017, 2:05pm

D. Kenneth Leigh Jr was publicly reprimanded for not paying payroll taxes to the IRS during part of 2015 and commingling payroll taxes into his firm’s general operating account.

Florida GDP growth holds potentially costly future

Olivia Olsen Jul. 7, 2017, 2:17pm

TALLAHASSEE — The state of Florida has experienced a significant growth in its GDP since 2016, which may lead to an increase in tort laws.

Florida Supreme Court rules Miami civilian agency doesn't have power to subpoena police officer

Elizabeth Alt Jul. 3, 2017, 2:17pm

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court ruled June 22 in a unanimous decision that Miami’s Civilian Investigative Panel (CIP) cannot compel Miami police officers to appear before its board while under investigation.